Marie Curie 2019 Blooming Great Tea Party

Bake up a storm for Marie Curie this June

Marie Curie is calling on the people of Harrogate to throw a Blooming Great Tea Party this June. When you do, you’ll be helping provide vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families. 

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Tony and Carrie from the Harrogate Tea Rooms officially launched the Blooming Great Tea Party by taking part in the great scone debate – whether to add jam or cream first. 

Carrie commented: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Blooming Great Tea Party this year. Marie Curie is an amazing charity that cares for many people throughout the community of Harrogate who are suffering a terminal illness. In getting behind this annual campaign we feel we’re helping to make a difference by raising awareness of the tea party and encouraging more people to get involved.” 

An age-old debate surrounding how a great British tradition – the cream tea – should be served has finally been settled. For those pondering which should go first, the jam or the cream, the question has at last been answered. 

Research carried out by the terminal illness charity Marie Curie revealed that the vast majority of us (73%) believe that it has to be the jam first followed by the cream. The survey also revealed the result of another long running cream tea debate – how to pronounce the word “scone.” The results were less conclusive here and, like Brexit, the nation is divided – 

56% of us say it should rhyme with “stone” while a sizeable minority (44%) disagree and argued that it should in fact rhyme with “gone”. Most people in Yorkshire (67%) would fall in line and agree that “scone” should rhyme with “stone”. 

Respondents were also asked to rate their favourite regional cakes and treats. Scottish shortbread topped this the poll for people in Yorkshire with 30% saying it was their favourite with its closest rivals being the Bakewell Tart (23%). While the regions famous Sticky Parkin were left behind in the popularity poll (16%). 

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The nation’s top ten regional treats 

1. Scottish Shortbread 

2. Bakewell Tart 

3. Welsh Cakes 

4. South West Apple Cake 

5. Eccles Cake 

6. Chelsea Bun 

7. Yorkshire Parkin 

8. Manchester Tart 

9. Northern Irish Fifteens 

10. Cornish Saffron Bun 

Carrie added: “In the tea room, we serve our scones with jam, topped with cream so its great to know that we are in the majority and are serving our scones the way most people refer!” 

This June, Marie Curie is calling on people across the country to throw a Blooming Great Tea Party for friends, family and colleagues. 

It doesn’t matter whether you #fakeit or #bakeit, or if you prefer cream first or jam, if you throw a tea party and collect donations for Marie Curie you will be helping the charity reach more people affected by terminal illness and provide nursing care, information, emotional support and research to help them and their loved ones. 

Sign up now at www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty